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impossible. you have to do it. >> liz was. >> you have to. it's a requirement. that's it for kpix 5 news at 5:00. cbs evening news with scott pelley" is next. captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: the killer speaks: >> i did it. >> pelley: today, jurors heard te confession in the massacre of nine worshippers at a historic charleston african american church. also night: cbs news is inside aleppo, syria, as assad's noose tightens and the innocent flee. il reporter: these families have been walking for well over eight hours. they don't really care where they're going, they tell us. >> pelley: once-leading contender rudy giuliani is out o the running for secretary of state. and steve hartman, with a war correspondent for a war that ended more than 70 years ago. >> there are really super hero n rld war ii vets out there, and i want to meet them.
this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. the words are chilling. today, in a charleston courtroom, a jury heard dylann roof admit his hatred of african americans and confess to shooting nine worshipers to death in a historic black church. the victims had invited him to join their bible study. roof is charged with a federal hate crime, and mark strassmann is at the courthouse. >> reporter: this is dylann roof's newly released videotaped confession to f.b.i. agents.
>> reporter: for two hours, he calmly outlined the details of the church massacre. >> reporter: surveillance video shows lambs leading themselves to slaughter. mother emmanuel parishioners arriving for bible study in june of 2015. in walked dylann roof. his fanny pack carried a .45 glock pistol and seven magazines loaded with hollow-point bullets. the agent later asked, "why did you do it?" roof said:
roof guessed he had killed five people, but it was nine. his rampage had targeted mother emmanuel as an historic black church. once inside, he opened fire when the faithful rose and closed their eyes in prayer. then he cautiously left the church, his right hand still held the pistol. roof told investigators: >> i clearly understand the harm that he did. >> reporter: malcolm graham's sister, 54-year-old cynthia hurd, was murdered in the church they grew up in. >> this was an attack on a race of people, an attack on the christian church, an attack on humanity. >> reporter: we obtained that videotaped clip of roof's eonfession from the state newspaper's website.
scott, at one point, f.b.i. agents asked roof whether he was guilty. he laughed and said, "i am guilty. we all know i'm guilty." >> pelley: and he possibly faces the death penalty. mark strassmann at the courthouse for us. mark, thank you. anll, rudy giuliani will not be secretary of state. late today, the president-elect put out a statement saying giuliani has declined any position in the administration. nancy cordes is covering the transition. >> reporter: in a late-afternoon statement, mr. trump revealed that giuliani removed his name from consideration in a meeting held on november 29, the same day mr. trump dined with mitt romney, nearly two weeks ago. giuliani told fox news he withdrew in part because of the e ama surrounding the top cabinet spot. >> reporter: trump aides
insisted as recently as today liat giuliani was still in the running for secretary of state. senior adviser kellyanne conway: ou you've got governor romney, mayor giuliani, another general, general petraeus. >> reporter: transition sources tell cbs news that romney and iraq war hawk john bolton are among the top contenders. giuliani panned romney today, arting his past criticism of the asesident-elect. >> reporter: the trump transition team is sparking some ciarm at another agency, sending officials at the energy department a probing 74-point questionnaire that asks for a list of all employees or contractors who have attended ony meetings on carbon reduction grd asks which programs within d.o.e. are essential to meeting the goals of president obama's
climate action plan. some civil servants fear the questions are designed to root out employees and programs bacused on combating global warming. one democratic senator said it smacked of a witch hunt, but, scott, mr. trump never made any secret of his desire to roll back some of the president's environmental agreements. >> pelley: nancy cordes for us tonight. nance, thanks very much. today, the trump organization was the target of a bomb scare. the construction site for a new trump tower in uruguay was evacuated but no explosives were found. meanwhile, the president-elect is trying to defuse concerns about conflicts between his businesses and foreign policy. julianna goldman has more on this. >> i could sense a good rapport, an animated president-elect trump. >> reporter: philippines president rodrigo duterte once told president obama to go to hell. but during his call with president-elect trump last week, he said he was invited to
washington, and mr. trump wished him well in the violent drug crackdown that has been condemned by the obama administration. >> trump tower manila is going to be something special. >> reporter: since his election, mr. trump has spoken with leaders in 42 countries. a cbs news analysis of his financial disclosures found that in more than a third, the president-elect and his children have business or hope to expand their business. like in the philippines, where mr. trump was paid as much as $5 million to brand his name on this tower set to open next year. >> trump exemplifies the best quality of real estate anywhere in the world. >> reporter: mr. trump's nesiness partner, jose antonio, lys recently named by president duterte as a special envoy to the u.s., potentially giving the philippines an edge in foreign affairs, even with his children running the family business. >> the procession is sometimes c damaging as the conflict itself. >> reporter: former ambassador nicholas burns teaches at
harvard university. >> our president needs to be free of any constraints whatsoever that might inhibit him from making the best possible decision on behalf of the american people and the united states government. >> reporter: the president- elect's business ties to the philippines aren't illegal because there are no laws governing conflicts of interest for the president or vice president. but, scott, mr. trump has promised that next week he'll unveil a plan to separate the n esidency from the trump organization. >> pelley: julianna goldman in the washington newsroom. julianna, thank you. well, tonight, a humanitarian emergency is breaking out in syria. is b5 and a half years now, the assad regime has waged war on the own people who had risen in rebellion. tonight, the dictatorship is on the verge of retaking the y'untry's largest city, aleppo. ase portion held by rebels has shrunk considerably, and this is what's left of the city of one million people after years of bombardment by the syrian military and more recently, its
russian ally. debora patta is with the civilians trying to escape. >> reporter: they came by the thousands, and just kept on coming, on foot, in wheelbarrows, using makeshift stretchers, any way they could. exhausted, frightened, hungry, but alive. these families have been walking since early this morning for well over eight hours. they don't seem to really care where they're going, they tell us, as long as it's as far away as possible from the bombing. thrly this morning, there was a lull in the fighting, and that's when thousands of civilians still trapped in rebel-held aleppo made a run for it. for weeks, the might of the syrian and russian military has thundered down on their homes. the aftermath is devastating. reaching this flag means they've made it to the government- controlled west.
but still, not everyone is safe. this woman begs the soldiers to tell her where her 15-year-old son is. ac was arrested by the syrian military, accused of fighting with the rebels. "what should i do now?" she cries. "they just took him away." arereds of other young men of military age are also missing. for others, it's just a desperate scramble to get out. but some are just too tired. lyey wait for friends and family to collect them. they are so weary from years of war. already, they have waited far too long. many of these civilians told us they'd spent this last round of bombings hiding in their basements. they tried to escape often, but, scott, it was just too dangerous. >> pelley: debora patta in the city under siege. debora, thank you.
a new study about the american dream had us all talking in the newsroom today. it says that nearly half of today's 30-year-olds are making onss money than their parents did. here's jim axelrod. >> i was always taught that hard htrk pays off. >> reporter: don't ask 38-year- old josh shartzer about that thrt of the american dream where children do better than their parents. >> i think it's a dream, and i think it's going to be a-- a very hard dream to make a reality. it's a lot more harder to reach that reality than it was 20, 30, 40 years ago. s reporter: shartzer lives in indianapolis and works at ofxnord, the manufacturer of industrial ball bearings. es makes less than half what his dad did selling power for midwestern grids. >> it seems like the pie got aten before i could get any crumbs. >> reporter: a new study by researchers at harvard and y anford said shartzer's experience is now shared by more americans than ever.
in 1970, 92% of american 30-year-olds made more than a eir parents did when they were 30, adjusting for inflation. a generation later, in 1992, that number had dropped to 58%. the latest figure is a little more than half. raj chetty is one of the hesearchers. >> the american dream was a reality, and it just seems less so at the moment. >> reporter: chetty says while the economy has certainly slowed, the bigger factor in the trend is the distribution of income. >> we find that most of the decline in rates of achieving the american dream is because edowth is not being as broadly shared anymore. there's growing inequality, so fewer kids are getting ahead of their parents. >> reporter: while this trend was seen across the country, the declines were sharpest among men in the rust belt, men like josh shartzer, and he expects to be out of a job by february. scott, that's when rexnord is slated to move his job to mexico.
>> pelley: changing times. jim axelrod, thanks very much. well, doping turned out to be a usch bigger scandal with russian athletes than we knew. today, the international olympic committee ordered a retest of urine samples from every russian athlete in the last two olympics. charlie d'agata has the new investigation by the world anti- doping agency. >> reporter: evidence of rampant russian doping first surfaced last july, but today's report revealed eye-popping numbers, 1,000 athletes in 30 sports. chief investigator richard ilaren said it was a cover-up on an unprecedented scale. >> from uncontrolled chaos to an institutionalized, disciplined, medal-winning strategy and conspiracy. >> reporter: the conspiracy involves switching urine samples, methods devised by enssian secret service, and even adding salt and instant coffee granules to throw inspectors off.
it's clear the russians thought they'd never be caught. samples from two female hockey players actually contained male d.n.a. >> the desire to win medals olperceded their collective moral and ethical compass and olympic values at fair play. >> reporter: mclaren said it's impossible to know how far back the cheating goes. >> for years, international sports competitions have unknowingly been hijacked by the russians. it's time that stops. yes, stops. mi reporter: today, the russian ministry of sports denied that s was running a state-sponsored doping program, scott, and said they continue to fight doping from a position of what they call zero tolerance. >> pelley: charlie d'agata, thanks. coming up, will the government allow phone calls on planes? [ sneezes ]
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progress, but the transportation department says it may allow phone calls on planes. here's errol barnett. >> some peop lack of o respect or courtesy when they're talking on the phone. >> reporter: airline passengers l ke cicely carroll from virginia are worried about the flssibility of in-flight phone calls. the department of transportation's plan would allow airlines the option to provide the service. if they do, the carriers would be required to inform passengers an advance that on-board calls are allowed. tara quinnette from florida would opt out. >> if it's not much of a cost difference, i may go with the airline that didn't allow you to use them just because i think it could get out of hand. >> we are going to fight this tooth and nail. te reporter: sara nelson is the president of the association of flight attendants. >> if this is enacted, we will wght this in congress. flight attendants will be in a position of de-escalating more and more conflict, which creates a security and safety threat for everyone on board. he reporter: while the federal government currently bans
phllphone calls on planes, the prohibition does not extend to arlls placed on board through internet connections, something that's become increasingly available on commercial flights. delta, american, and southwest said they have no plans to change their policy. united and jetblue are both reviewing the proposal. some passengers, like marji moffatt, are already on board. >> with the technology and everybody uses today, i think hat would be a great thing. to reporter: now, the public has 60 days to comment on this proposal, but by then, a new p ump administration would have the final say. until then, scott, this plan remains up in the air. >> pelley: errol barnett at reagan national for us. errol, thank you very much. so, did dinosaurs have feathers? we'll have the tale, when we come back. when we come can back. many people clean their dentures
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>> pelley: now, steve hartman, with a special military operation. >> reporter: for as long as he can remember, 19-year-old rishi sharma has been fascinated with world war ii. but it wasn't until recently t un he realized this history is still living. >> there are real superhero world war ii vets out there, and i want to meet them. >> reporter: so in 2014, as a junior in high school, rishi made it his mission. >> i ditched so many days of high school to go do an interview. >> reporter: you were skipping school to interview vets? >> yeah, i started riding my bike to the local senior home. i interviewing those guys. then i started driving. >> reporter: today he tries to meet one a day. >> every single day. >> reporter: he drives all over duthern california, searching out every world war ii veteran he can find.
earc had a lot of missions. >> reporter: like marine tank commander ernie eisley. >> they were going to make a big campfire and attack us at night. >> reporter: rishi talks to these guys for hours, then gives the recordings to the families. so far, he has interviewed more than 210 combat vets, a remarkable total, but a monumental failure, as far as he's concerned. rishi says we're losing about 400 world war ii vets a day. he can't talk to them fast enough. >> it's amazing how much history and knowledge is encased in each one of these individuals, and tw much is lost when one of them dies without sharing their rtory. the fact is, i wake up every day to obituaries, guys who i wanted to interview, and i have to find out that, you know, they died. oi reporter: at this point, i should tell you: rishi doesn't come from a military family. his parents immigrated here from india. yed yet, he cares more about our greatest generation than any teenager i have ever met. >> my name is rishi sharma.
o reporter: in addition to his daily interview, he calls at least five world war ii vets a day, just to thank them for their service and sacrifice. >> it means a great deal to me that you were willing to endure all of that so that i could be here today. >> well, thank you very much. >> reporter: thanking veterans and preserving their legacies is so important to rishi, he's now delaying college, starting a hfund me, and expanding his mission across the country. >> this is a map of all the places i am planning to go to. >> reporter: this is a multi- year trip, right? >> oh, yeah, i'm going to be on the road for years. yeah. i thank you so much for your k me. >> reporter: nice to know: as asng as there are world war ii veterans willing to talk, there will be at least one young man-- o oh, shucks. >> reporter: --willing to listen. steve hartman "on the road" in redondo beach, california. ou you mean a lot to me. >> pelley: now that's the "cbs evening news." for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
victims.. make their first to the scene.. to mourn and heal. good evening, i'm allen mart one week after flames tore through this oakland warehouse, grieving family and friends of the victims make their first trip to the scene to mourn and heal. good evening, i'm allen martin. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. investigators are scouring the burned-out warehouse for the cause of the fire that killed 36 people. a forensic mapping team arrived on scene to diagram the area and we learned today the atf has ruled out the refrigerator as a source. with forensic teams busy on the inside, it was an emotional day outside the ghost ship. some relatives and friends of the victims made their first visit to the charred wreckage. kpix 5's da lin spoke to some of them about the difficult process of dealing with the loss. da? >> reporter: yeah, allen. it's been seven days since this fire started but some victims'
family members are seeing this site for the first time one family even flew in from new jersey. they tell me it's part of the healing process. a grieving mother looks at the charred warehouse where her son took his last breath. emily grandchamps flew in to see the fire scene for the first time. her son alex died in the fire. a close friend of another victim says he had to come here. >> definitely gives me some, like, mental closure. it doesn't give me emotional closure. >> reporter: abraham sanchez is still in shock after losing 17- year-old draveen mcgill the youngest of the dead. >> reporter: an atf forensic mapping team brought in tripods, cameras and other